Boardseeker have teamed up with Si Crowther who is currently on location in Santa Cruz catching up with the pros live at the beach. To kick off our mini event series Si caught up with windsurfing legend Josh Stone to pick his brains about light wind rigging. Read on…
Light Wind Rigging – with Josh Stone
Kai & Josh decided it was on.. (so) I caught up with Josh in the car park whilst he was rigging his Goya Banzai 4.7m sail
We are into our second day here at the Santa Cruz AWT Goya windsurfing festival and the wind is not playing ball. Waddel Creek, the event location, is used to seeing side/side-on starboard tack conditions, but a low pressure system just off the coast is upsetting the balance and imparting a very light port tack breeze over the 3-4ft running south swell. Conditions are just not contestable, so the sailors were released for the day.
Kai Katchadourian, long time California local and die hard Niners fan, quietly suggested he, Josh Stone, Harley Stone and Casey Rehrer head up the coast road to check out a spot where the breeze may funnel through and might, just might give sailable conditions. I tagged along to document the covert operation and to get Josh Stone’s insights into light wind sail rigging.
On arrival at Pescaderos, the wind was blowing around 12 to 14 knots side shore, Kai & Josh decided it was on.. I caught up with Josh in the car park whilst he was rigging his Goya Banzai 4.7m sail.